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Monica and Felix’s Glamorous, Gorgeous Wedding

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Though our stunning bride, Monica, had a fabulous wedding, the very best part of the celebration was the magic between her and her new husband, Felix.

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

Custom gown by Monica’s Bridal

The two are truly a match made in the stars, who met with a little help from Monica’s dear friend:

“My good friend Jacqueline decided to pitch me the idea of meeting this guy ‘Felix’ she thought was perfect for me. I was extremely hesitant and frankly not interested in dating at the time so I told her NO WAY; politely of course! A few weeks later I woke up with an email from Jacqueline with a photo of Felix and a text message from her “Call me when you get this.” Apparently I came to find out Jackie sent Felix my photo and he thought I was pretty and to expect his call. What I didn’t know was she had told him prior to me receiving his photo that I saw his photo and ‘thought he was cute’ and ‘THAT I WAS EXPECTING HIS CALL!’ She decided to tell a little white lie and play match maker which I am extremely grateful for now. “

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

Turns out, Jacqueline was right! Monica and Felix were made for each other, and both knew it on their very first date:

“When Felix finally called to ask me out on a date I was really excited and nervous. We spoke on the phone and made plans for a few days later. Turns out when I mentioned him to my family the families knew each other. We even lived in the same gated community and never met before!

We made plans to go ice skating in Bryant Park in NYC. Felix made sure to tell me to wear something ‘comfortable.’ I had never really gone on a blind date before so I was a bit nervous. I called my friend Jacqueline and we decided to go shopping for the ‘perfect’ outfit. I spent all day putting something together and my perfect interpretation of ‘comfort’ was 6 inch Louboutins! Hey, a girl has to make a good impression!”

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

“Felix picked me up and we went to Bryant Park. The rink was packed and I clearly wasn’t interested in taking off my shoes to put on some skates so we opted to go eat instead. Since the weather was brisk yet nice, he decided we should walk  – with no pity for my poor feet in those sky high boots. I played it cool and said I was comfortable, he took me by my hand and we were off. Everything felt really natural.

On the way home he was telling me ‘You’re going to be ‘my wife’.’ I thought it was a little weird but, loved the attention.  When we arrived to my home he came around and opened the car door and walked me to the door and kissed me on the cheek. He was really a gentleman and that’s when I knew I fell in love.”

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Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo                                  Custom gown by Monica’s Bridal

From that moment on, the days flew and, before Monica and Felix knew it, six months had gone by and Monica’s birthday was on the horizon. As they planned a trip to Cabo San Lucas to celebrate, little did Monica know that Felix had a surprise up his sleeve!

“After our first date in December, everything kind of flowed naturally. We were really inseparable and we spent time together almost everyday. My birthday was coming up in June we were together 6 months at this point. Felix decided to plan a trip to Cabo San Lucas Mexico to celebrate. We went on this trip with another couple we were friends with. Everything was really nice we had a really great time. One of the nights the boys decided to plan a dinner on the beach. I didn’t think anything of it I thought they were trying to be cute and romantic.

We came down to the beach that evening and we had a beautiful candle light dinner prepared for four. I wouldn’t have imagined a proposal because Felix was laughing, making jokes and wasn’t nervous at all. When it was time to order dessert, the waiters came with the menu. Everyone got really quiet. I opened the menu, and there it was inside: ‘Monica will you marry me?’ I was in shock! I even asked if ‘this is a joke?! Am I being punked??’ It was really romantic and I am glad our friends were there to capture the moment for us.”

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

Monica and Felix knew they didn’t want to wait too long, and, since a Fall wedding seemed perfect, decided to set a date for September 2012. With a year to plan, Monica got started right away, with the help of Felix, family and all the brides she came in contact with every day:

“The planning process started almost immediately and turned out to be a full time job. My fiancé left it all to me to decide; yet he had input on everything (LOL). I did the majority of the research myself but my close friends and family gave their input. I’m very fortunate to have a big support system and having Monica’s Bridal as a resource to ask other brides their feedback and suggestions. I am also very grateful to have my aunt and uncle in this line of work as well; Bridal Styles gave me the opportunity to get input from even more brides. I knew I wanted a unique and custom wedding so most of the aspects of my big day were customized by myself or custom ordered.”

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

Custom gown by Monica’s Bridal

Before long, the details of Monica and Felix’s dream wedding began to fall into place:

“I always dreamed of my wedding day especially since I have been surrounded by brides from an early age. I am a third generation bridal designer in my family. I was waiting for this Cinderella moment since I was very young. I knew it had to be perfect so I set off to find the most perfect venue. Felix and I came across the Crystal Plaza and fell in love with the location and the people. I always wanted an outdoor ceremony and their garden is just so beautiful. Everyone was so accommodating and helpful and really made me feel like I made the perfect choice. Any and every request was given one answer: ‘no problem.’ It really made me at ease when everyone was on my side to make my day perfect.”

 

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

Custom gowns by Monica’s Bridal

From bridesmaids dresses and table linens to escort cards, centerpieces and her splendid, glittering Loubotins, Monica created many custom details to accent the day and make it their own:

“I tried to customize as many things as possible, and the theme was definitely ‘Swarovski,’ starting with the dresses and headpieces. My bridesmaids were like brides themselves. Their gowns were all custom-designed, and my maids of honors were in the same style gowns as the rest of the girls but each had their unique accents. My girls were a representation of me and I wanted them to feel special as well.

For our venue, I ordered custom-cut mirror tabletops to accent the long communal tables. I custom-designed my wedding cake, which Crystal Plaza baked into a reality.  I even made custom linen for the bride and groom table which was a beautiful corded French lace covered in crystals. The linen looked like it could double as an actual bridal skirt! I made a custom moneybox to match, covered with the embroidered lace and then encrusted with Swarovski rhinestones.”

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

 

“My florist and I collaborated on everything. She was so wonderful and amazing and had me play a big role in the floral designs. This was one of my favorite aspects of planning. I told Irina what I envisioned and we custom designed all the centerpieces together and everything was designed around the floral bases. I knew I wanted different styles for the centerpieces in the room to give diversity and dept. Irina took my ideas and created them into beautiful floral works of art.The whole room was glowing.

For my escort cards, I wanted to be different so I thought of the idea of having an escort card tree. It was definitely a wow factor and filled up the room. The gazebo outside was decorated to complement the garden. I wanted it to have touches of rhinestones to match the theme. There was a garden of flowers covering the entire gazebo with cascading orchids, which looked like it came out of a fairytale. The runner was also custom created which was encrusted with silver glitter to have a touch of shine.

I tried to custom make a lot of aspects so it would be unique and one of a kind. I feel this is how I made it a true representation of my taste. Overall the room was so shiny and glowing Swarovski themselves would be proud! It was perfect!”

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

Custom gowns- Monica’s Bridal

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

With her wedding details coming together, Monica focused on her bridal style. As a bridal designer, owner of a bridal salon, and member of a wedding family, figuring out what she wanted was tricky…especially since she wanted two separate looks:

“It’s hard to say that I ‘knew’ what I wanted to wear since I was a little girl, because I didn’t. Monica’s Bridal caters to so many brides and I see so many beautiful dresses that it was actually one of the more difficult parts of planning. I design gowns for brides all the time, and now it was my turn to make my own dress. I always dreamed about a Cinderella wedding, but my choice of gown was never clear to me. I was definitely intimidated because I had to live up to so many expectations. Everyone was dying to see what ‘Monica’ of Monica’s Bridal would wear. I knew I had to be different and wear a dress that I’d never seen done before.I knew it had to be custom designed and made to achieve this. I also wanted multiple dress changes because I didn’t want to put too many different details into one gown for fear of making it not cohesive and tacky.”

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

For my first gown, which I would wear for my portraits and down the aisle, I wanted something grand, whimsical and soft yet not too flashy or shiny. I decided on a lace illusion corset with fine hand beading, pearls, and small rosettes. Everything was hand beaded and every flower was hand made. For the skirt, I knew I wanted tulle since it was so airy and photographs beautifully. To get the wow factor, the dress needed to be ENORMOUS, literally! I choose layered tulle for my skirt and created a 5 yard train to follow from behind. If I was going to make an entrance, just the size of this gown would keep jaws dropping. It was a look of royalty. I felt like a princess marrying my prince. ”

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

Custom gown- Monica’s Bridal

“My second dress, which was my party dress, had to ‘outshine’ the first. Since I decided on minimal beading with the first gown the second one had to be shiner than anything ever seen before. I knew that a natural waist ball gown style suited my body, but it had to be simple shape if there would be lots of beading and details in the fabric. Thus, the idea was born. I started beading the dress with Swarovski crystals in a fade design. It was condensed at the top and faded to nothing on the skirt. I really had my hands full, because the beading alone took 9 months, 8 hrs a day! Over 100,000 Swarovski rhinestones went into this masterpiece. Once finished, this dress was really a work of art.”

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

Next, Monica visited Bridal Styles to find the perfect accessories to add just the right touch to her wedding day look:

“Once my dresses were completed, I headed to my favorite people at Bridal Styles. This was going to be a job for the pros and I knew I had to have not one but two headpieces for my two dresses. Luckily, I came to the right place! My aunt and uncle Edward and Elaine treated me like princess. Since my gowns were both custom created, we all knew my headpieces would be as well. I tried on about a million and they patiently went through different styles for weeks until I finally made up my mind. The biggest problem was I was unsure about my hairstyle and once Lisa Mitchell and I decided to do my hair in two hairstyles down for the reception and up for the ceremony we knew what we were working with.”

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

Custom gown- Monica’s Bridal

“The first piece I chose was a three quarter rosette and vine zirconia piece with small rosettes details. It had the perfect amount of shine for my ceremony dress, since the dress was subtle with beading. For the second piece, I fell in love with the idea of having big rosettes in my hair. My uncle sent me home and told me he would create something magical and one of a kind. I slept at ease until I finally got to see his beautiful creation about 2 weeks before my big day. He made me a one of a kind Swarovski gardenia and even better, I would be the first bride to showcase this stunner!  Not to mention my 6 yard long cathedral veil encrusted with Swarovski crystals, created by Bridal Styles.”

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

Custom gown- Monica’s Bridal

“So, overall I had to go big or go home. I had two dresses in line, two headpieces, and two hairstyles! Since I had so much going on with my headpieces and dresses I opted for small diamond studs and no other jewelry to keep it classy. When it came to deciding my makeup I knew it had to be simple. I don’t wear much on a daily basis and I found the perfect person Lorraine to do my bridal makeup exactly the way I wanted it. I wanted to look like a better version of myself and that’s exactly what she delivered.”

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

 

Finally, their wedding weekend arrived, along with calls for a big late summer storm! However, despite Mother Nature’s fickle behavior on September 12, 2012, Monica and Felix’s wedding day was everything they’d imagined it to be and more:

“My wedding day started the night before when I packed up some of my clothes and went to my parents’ home to stay there as my last night as a single woman. I knew it would be more special to stay separate.

The night before was gloomy and foggy and I was in a panic, since my wedding ceremony was scheduled to be outside. I searched every weather channel and internet weather site in hopes that someone would tell me it wouldn’t rain, but a tornado was predicted to pass. Some call it luck when it rains on your wedding day, but I was very disappointed. I MEAN C’ MON, A TORNADO? OUT OF ALL DAYS!!”

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

“The morning of was cloudy and dark, very soon it was pouring cats and dogs and my anxiety rose. By the time I was done with hair, makeup, and putting my dress on, the sun had come out. The day would be perfect after all. Felix and I hopped into our Rolls Royce Phantom and went to Central Park for photos. I really felt like a queen. Everywhere we went people were clapping for us. It was definitely an experience.

 

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

“We continued taking photos at our venue. Before I knew it, it was time for me to hide in the bridal suite once guests started to arrive. While up in the bridal suite I had my hair change and makeup fixed up before it was time to say ‘I DO.’

Once my Rabbi showed up, he came to the bridal suite and was drenched. There were no windows in the suite, so I couldn’t see outside. I began to panic because of the rain and he assured me all would be okay. Crystal Plaza worked quickly to try to bring flowers inside to have the ceremony proceed because of the rain. My Chuppa was set up outside and I was so head strong about having an outside ceremony I ignored the weather and thought it would stop in time. Whatever flowers they were able to bring were brought upstairs and the florist worked quickly to create a setup. We didn’t want to take down the outside setup because we knew it would stop eventually and we would at least take pictures next to our magical gazebo covered with flowers and crystals for memory. “

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

Custom gown- Monica’s Bridal

“Our rabbi spoke powerful words about the rain being a symbol for good luck and happy marriage, our close friends held the tallit up above us and we had a traditional Jewish ceremony. The upstairs layout turned out to be extremely intimate. After the ceremony we were able to get the party started with Yuhan and he kept our guests dancing until 4am!”

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

Custom gown- Monica’s Bridal

 On such an incredible day, it’s hard to choose which moments were the most special.  But Monica and Felix had a few favorites!

“To start, one memorable aspect of the day was seeing my fiancé for the first time and seeing his reaction. I remember his back was facing towards me and I walked across the room to greet him, tapping him on his shoulder to turn around. All I heard him say was ‘I hear a swish against the floor, your dress has to be enormous.’ I also remember seeing my finished decorated reception before the guests were able to experience it and it was just heavenly. The lights and the floral were exquisite.

Finally, my walk down the aisle. I remember walking down the aisle in confidence and then when I lifted my eyes and saw my husband- to- be staring back at me I started to choke up. I remember thinking ‘it’s finally here.’ All the months of planning and waiting and everyone is here for us. I broke down for a moment before I pulled it together. “

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo – Grey Line Photo

 Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

Now newlyweds, Monica and Felix have this advice to offer other planning couples:

“If I could give one piece of advice it would be to keep calm and try to take in the night as much as possible. It really flies by so quick, and something is bound to go wrong and will. No amount of planning will make anything go by seamlessly, as hard as you will try. It’s important not to stress over things because it’s really a magical day and nothing should ruin your wedding. At the end of the day… LOVE is all that matters.
Felix’s advice would be: ‘Enjoy the moment and DON’T TELL THE BRIDE ANYTHING THAT GOES WRONG!’ I found out days later a lot of small mishaps and scheduling didn’t go as planned that happened that were fixed without my knowledge and I was kept in the dark so I wouldn’t freak out. I am thankful now because it all turned out well, minus an extra meltdown from a bridezilla.”

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

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Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

Thank you so much for sharing your day with us, Monica and Felix! We wishes to you both a lifetime of LOVE and happiness!

Monica and Felix’s wonderful wedding vendors:

Headpiece & veil – Bridal Styles
Dresses – Monica’s Bridal Custom
Bridesmaids – Monica’s Bridal Custom
Photography – Grey Line Photo
Flowers – Sunshine Flower Shoppe
Music – Yuhan Benjamin
Invitations – Invitations By Jillianne
Rolls Royce – DJ’s Limo
Venue – Crystal Plaza
Hair – Lisa Mitchell
Makeup by Lorraine

Lana & Edward’s Silver Anniversary

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

This month, our Bridal Styles bride of the month is extra special… she’s got twenty-five years of experience!

We’ve known Lana and Edward for twenty-seven years, and were even a part of their bridal party. We’ve had the pleasure of watching their beautiful family grow over the years, and can honestly say Lana and Edward are just as in love now as they were twenty-five years ago.

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Lana & Edward’s Silver Anniversary, custom haircomb – Bridal Styles, images – Videomax Studios

It was such an honor to help such wonderful friends celebrate their silver anniversary earlier this year.

But before we tell you all about Lana and Edward’s magical 25th anniversary party, we have to share their sweet love story.

It all started with a photograph…

“Edward used to work as a photographer in a Russian restaurant called Paradise. I came there to a party with my parents. He was in the hallway taking pictures of the people that were coming in. When I came in, he asked my parents permission to take my picture, which he did. We talked for a while and at the end of the night he asked for my phone number.”

Lana & Edward's Silver Anniversary,  crystal haircomb, custom caketopper, Bridal Styles New York, Videomax Studios

Lana & Edward’s Silver Anniversary, crystal encrusted haircomb  – Bridal Styles, images – Videomax Studios

When they started dating, Lana quickly knew he was the one “the way he loved me and treated me it couldn’t have been anyone else. 25 years later, nothing has changed.”

Edward felt the same way, expressing his intention with a proposal.

“It wasn’t so much of a proposal, but a statement. Two months after we started dating, we were sitting in his old car and out of nowhere he said ‘you know that I’m going to marry you and even though I don’t have the ring yet, I want to make sure that you know it’s only you that I want to be with.’ Because we were so young, I was 16 and he was 18, he wanted me to know that he is very serious. Ten months later he gave me the actual ring.”

After a year-long engagement, Lana and Edward were wed on March 15, 1986 at the Kingsway Jewish Center.

Lana’s wedding day was everything she had ever dreamed of. “For me, it was a very magical day. The wedding was like a royal ball, with a big gorgeous gown and a very handsome prince. Everything was perfect from beginning to end. It rained the whole week, but on our wedding day the sun was shining and so was I.”

Lana & Edward's Silver Anniversary,  crystal haircomb, custom caketopper, Bridal Styles New York, Videomax Studios

Lana & Edward’s Silver Anniversary, images – Videomax Studios

Her enchanted wedding day had an amazing surprise in store!

“To top it all off, we also had a very special guest at the wedding who came to sing for us. It was someone whose music I loved for a long time, and by pure accident he happened to be in America performing. He is a singer from Israel and a big star there, named Shimi Tavori. My mom and I had to do a lot of persuading to have him agree to come and sing for us. It was very special to us to have him there, especially after seeing the looks of joy on all of our guests’ faces. When he sang it gave you goose bumps and sent shivers down your spine. It was an incredible evening filled the love and support of our family and closest friends. What more could we ask for? We were the happiest couple on earth.“

Lana and Edward, Silver Anniversary party, custom bridal accessories, Rasputin New York

Lana & Edward’s Silver Anniversary, custom accesories- Bridal Styles, images – Videomax Studios

Twenty-five years (and three beautiful kids) later, it was time to celebrate their silver anniversary…and Edward thought a magnificent party was the only way to mark the occasion.

“I wanted to go away on a second honeymoon. I said that I was tired of planning so many parties. We just had our daughter’s wedding and our son’s Bar Mitzvah the year before, and I just wanted to get away. My husband is usually not into parties, but he was very persistent in having this one. He said that an occasion like this must be celebrated. It’s not every day that you can celebrate a quarter of a century with the same person and still be just as in love just as you were 25 years ago.“

 

Lana and Edward, Silver Anniversary party, custom bridal accessories, Rasputin New York

Lana & Edward with their children, images – Videomax Studios

Since Lana and her mom traditionally plan all the family parties, they knew exactly where to start.

“When you are planning a big party, the first and most important thing to do is picking the right venue. I wanted to make sure our venue was big and spacious and that no matter where they are sitting, people can see everything, so I chose Rasputin. Next I made sure my video and photographer were available. After that, we decided on a theme and worked with my decorator, Aramat Events. Another important detail when planning a party is to have everything very organized and planned out for the whole night. Timing is very important. If you cant do it yourself – get a party planner. At the end of it all, enjoy your special day.”

Silver Anniversary,  crystal haircomb, custom caketopper, Bridal Styles New York, Videomax Studios

Lana & Edward’s Silver Anniversary, crystal encrusted haircomb and caketopper – Bridal Styles, images – Videomax Studios

This time, though, Edward helped, even choosing the theme.

“At first I couldn’t decide on a theme, because I thought that similar to a wedding, a silver anniversary should be very elegant and beautiful with a silver color theme. Then my husband said, ‘why don’t you do something with clocks and watches?’ I was very surprised and said, ‘what does it have to do with the anniversary? It wont fit into the elegant theme.’ He said that clocks represent time, all the years that we spent together. Again he insisted that I give it some thought and try to incorporate it into the party. I told my decorator about this idea and we stared thinking and talking about it. We had to make sure that it fit and look good together. So we decided to keep one side of the room beautiful and very elegant, and the other a trip down memory lane, beginning with our wedding until the present day. We decided to get big clocks and put our pictures in them, and for the tables we had smaller clocks for table numbers. It worked out perfectly.”

Silver Anniversary,  crystal haircomb, custom caketopper, Bridal Styles New York, Videomax Studios

Lana & Edward’s Silver Anniversary, one of a kind haircomb and caketopper – Bridal Styles, images – Videomax Studios

For such a special occasion, of course Lana had to have a spectacular outfit.

“I knew that I didn’t want a ball gown this time but a more slimming look that would be both sexy and elegant. It wasn’t easy finding a dress especially when you have an image in your mind, but after some serious searching, I finally found the style and color I wanted at Monica’s Bridal. It was perfect for the occasion. Not too bridal and not over the top. “

Most importantly, she had to have dazzling, gorgeous accessories!

“Then came time to choose my hair accessory. The only place that I would even think of going is Bridal Styles. I wanted a piece that would make a statement and could be seen from anywhere and also be elegant and classy. When I came into the store my head was spinning from all the beautiful pieces that were there. I didn’t know how to choose, every piece was more beautiful than the other. Then I explained the way I was planning to wear my hair and what I wanted the final look to be like. Edward and Elaine were very helpful and patient in the time they spent listening to what I wanted and gave me all the needed attention.
At the end they came up with the perfect piece. It was gorgeous, and the perfect accessory to finish my look.”

Silver Anniversary,  crystal haircomb, custom crystal caketopper, Bridal Styles New York, Videomax Studios

Lana & Edward’s Silver Anniversary, Swarovski crystal caketopper – Bridal Styles, images – Videomax Studios

On March 18th, Lana and Edward marked their 25th anniversary with a memorable, meaningful event that honored the past and celebrated the future.

“ One of the things that made that day our own is our first dance. It was so special because it was to the same song that we danced to on our wedding and even more so because we had a special choreography done to that song. My husband actually insisted on it and really wanted to do it. It was very important to him and he tried really hard because he knew it meant a lot to me. He said, ’I want to make you proud of me’ and laughed. He did an amazing job but I am always proud of him with or without the dance!!!”

Lana & Edward's Silver Anniversary, haircomb and caketopper - Bridal Styles,  Shimi Tavori, images - Videomax Studios

Lana & Edward’s Silver Anniversary, elegant haircomb – Bridal Styles, images – Videomax Studios

Just like their wedding day, Lana and Edward’s anniversary had a big surprise in store.

“My mom wanted to bring the real memories back from our wedding so, she came up on stage and announced that we had a special guest who was also a guest singer at the wedding 25 years ago. And out comes Shimi Tavori. When I saw him tears started running down my face. My husband was just shocked. We couldn’t believe he was there. He came out with my favorite song. It was a very a difficult process getting him there, but my mom managed to do it. Seeing him and hearing him sing was like reliving our wedding day. It’s very hard to put into words how we felt. And the looks that I saw on people’s faces were the same as they were on my wedding day. The most awestruck were my children. They stood there and listened to him with joy and pleasure.  For me, it was so special to see that a quarter of a century later we had the same love and support from all the same people that were with us at the wedding. This was not just a regular party. It was a real stroll down memory lane, a celebration of life, your family and all the happy years you’ve spent together.

It was almost like a second wedding but with our children there. We are very proud and thankful for our beautiful family.”

Lana & Edward's Silver Anniversary, unique bridal haircomb,  custom caketopper, Bridal Styles New York, Shimi Tavori images - Videomax Studios

Lana & Edward’s Silver Anniversary, haircomb  – Bridal Styles, images – Videomax Studios

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Lana & Edward’s Silver Anniversary, custom made haircomb  – Bridal Styles, images – Videomax Studios

So what advice could a happily married (for 25 years!) couple offer others planning their weddings today?

“I would say to love and respect each other. Never take anything for granted. Try to spend as much time with each other as possible, because we never know what tomorrow brings. Listen to each other and try to meet in the middle without arguing. Time is very precious so use it wisely.”

Beautiful words and advice from a  wonderful couple we’re proud to call cherished friends. We wish you and your family love, happiness and joy!

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